On Sunday, May 20th, St. George experienced a rather remarkable astronomical phenomenon: an annular solar eclipse. For those who may not know, an annular eclipse differs from a total eclipse in that the moon's diameter appears smaller than the sun as it passes in front, causing the sun to look like an annulus, or ring.
I was amazed by the sheer quantity of people watching the eclipse. Even though an eclipse may not be high-speed, high-tech entertainment, it's encouraging to realize that as a society we still hold some reverence for the majesty of the sun and skies. While the City of St. George passed out thousands of solar glasses, they were all gone by the time we tried to get a pair.